TreeHugger announces the winners of LifeEdited, a crowdsourced design challenge that invited the public to give TreeHugger founder Graham Hill's 420-square-foot NYC apartment an "ultra-low footprint" makeover.
The San Francisco Chronicle examines how the interior decor of homes featured on reality TV, particularly the grande manses featured in "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," is referenced in the homes of reality TV watchers. Says the Chronicle: "Television homes have generally had limited influence on the American public, mostly because viewers knew they weren't real. But by the early 2000s and the explosion of reality programming, watching how people live has made the homes and apartments as much a character as the people who live in them."
Jetson Green eyes SmartHome, a Passive House certified showcase home that's to be built on the grounds of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. The traditional-style, 2,500-square-foot abode (pictured above) will be open to the public for tours ($5 a head) from June through September.
Re-Nest shares "8 Tips to Organizing a Drying Rack." It's not rocket science but good-to-know advice when eschewing ye olde drying machine.
The Wall Street Journal chats landscape urbanism and tulips with Adriaan Geuze, founding partner and design director of high-profile landscape design firm, West 8.
Natural Home reviews the basics of home energy efficiency.
The Daily Mail gets lost in the labyrinthine layout of IKEA. Reads the article: "The home furnishing chain’s mazy layouts are a psychological weapon to part shoppers from their cash, an expert in store design claims. The theory is that while following a zig-zag trail between displays of minimalist Swedish furniture, a disorientated IKEA customer feels compelled to pick up a few extra impulse purchases."
USA Today exposes the dangerous side of green home construction as "Green House" blogger Wendy Koch winds up in the ER after being exposed to carbon monoxide while visiting her under-construction green home. Yikes!
GOOD pays a visit to the Los Angeles Eco-Village (LAEV), a sustainable community of 30 or so residents that aims demonstrate "higher quality living patterns at a lower environmental impact." What exactly goes on at LAEV? Think beekeeping, chicken raising, organic gardening and commuting by bicycle.
The Washington Post has the dirt on dishwashers.
Curbed shares the deplorable story of a British woman who took in a rescue dog, a stray Jack Russell terrier named Harvey, and returned him to the kennel two days later because he clashed with her curtains. As Curbed notes: "Just a guess, but someone so tasteless probably has hideous curtains, anyway."